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This game is based on the book and movie of Alex Rider Stormbreaker and available to play on the Nintendo DS. However, I have to say this is nothing like what I expected. I don't think its a terrible game but it isn't what many gamer's would expect either.
Firstly, this has a lot of different parts to the game and user's get to drive, explore the various grounds, fight enemies and do a lot more. However, the aim of the game is to go through each level to find evidence of the master criminals plan.
While the game has a lot of potential, for me, it doesn't quite live up to my expectations. The game difficulty is moderately average but that isn't so much of a bad thing for some. I took a while to complete the game but that is because I didn't play very often.
The game does have a good plot but the challenge level in each level isn't massive so a lot of gamers shouldn't find this game to be so difficult to complete. The game can be easy to play and even when the character, Alex has to fight through levels it isn't too hard which can be good and bad.
There are a couple of mini games available to play and a few of them are really good and offer a challenge. However, these are a highlight of the game because they help to make the game a lot more interesting. Though, when it comes to controls and moving the character around it isn't hard to get used to.
At first, the controls are a little difficult because you aren't used to them but after a short while, you'll soon get the hang of them. Maybe, the quality of the game is because of the DS and the fact its on a smaller screen but I doubt it as I've played loads of games on the DS. However, the game is fair and it will be a good game for younger children as they may find it easier but for mature children and adults, this may not be the most popular game.
The graphics of the game are a little different from most other games I've played as some graphics are quite chunky but I don't mind the graphics. The music isn't something I've listened to so I couldn't comment properly. Though a great highlight of the game must be the additional content available which can be unlocked as users progress.
The extra content is good and the game is quite interesting in places also which is a great thing. Maybe this game would be best for children rather than someone who's 20 but still, there is a lot of potential.
I was given this as a present so can't say how much it would've cost but I know now, it can be purchased from eBay for a few pound, for used condition. I would say this is suitable for most gamer's too.
A good game but not a game for me personally.
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This review is for the game Alex Rider - Stormbreaker for the Nintendo DS, developed by Altron and published by THQ. The game is an arcade type game with lots of different kinds of game play, from driving to snooker and from fighting to exploring. Primarily though the aim is to fight your way through the levels with numerous sub games.
In terms of difficulty, the game is too easy, and I say that as someone who doesn't necessarily find games simple to complete. There is a lack of challenge generally in the game and very little in the game to make a player return. The fighting element of the game, which is most of it, is quite pointless, with your character able to easily beat even groups of opponents.
There are some highlights in the game, including the mini game, the snooker game, which is quite fun and entertaining. But people didn't buy this game for a snooker type game, and as such, it isn't enough to save the game from being poor.
Controlling the character in the game isn't too bad, although the camera angles are sometimes a little confusing. The game does use the various elements of the DS however, there are parts of the game where you need to use the microphone, and you have to use the stylus in numerous different ways.
The graphics are quite poor quality with some clunky 3D graphics and the sound is repetitive and again, not good quality. Neither real add any atmosphere to the game, and in places look quite rushed. Given the clunkiness of how the characters move, this all just makes the game in places very frustrating.
On the plus side, the game developers have added some interest value in creating extra content which can be unlocked by progressing through the game. Such things do increase the interest level in the game, and there is the facility to play the game again in a slightly tougher difficulty level. However, for me, it wasn't really worth the effort to play again, but at least the choice is there.
The game retailed for a very high 29.99 pounds, which is a considerable amount for a game such as this, and too expensive in my view. However, the game is available on Amazon for just six pounds, and if you're happy with a second hand copy, it's just a few pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated 7+, so is suitable for most children.
Overall, I wasn't impressed with this game as I believe it failed on a number of different levels. Poor graphics, poor sound, limited game play, limited challenge and very few highlights, really the mini snooker game and some extra unlockable content. For a game which can be completed in just a few hours, the original retail price of 29.99 pounds is very poor value. Available much cheaper now, but still not really worth it in my opinion.
Alex rider: storm breaker for DS was a dismal failure, throughout the entire game Alex is only two moves punch and kick.
The gameplay is incredibly short; I alongside most decent gamers completed this within an hour. Once you have completed the game your only option is to repeat the last two levels or turn off the game completely lacks depth and only consists of 'beating up the bad guys'.
At one point during the game you have to face fifteen guards armed with assault rifles, somehow a fourteen year old boy who is Unarmed, manages to kill them all despite getting repeatedly shot.
The controls are uncomfortable and unnatural where as other games are far more comfortable to play.
The final boss battle is no more difficult than your first encounter with a villain in the junk yard.
If anyone is considering purchasing this game I implore you RENT IT there are several shops that provide this service, rent it for a day or two and then give it back, you will have completed the game without paying fifty times its value.